Archive for September, 2007

Exceptional Day for Animals in Court

By on September 28, 2007 in Uncategorized

In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton reassured us that the judiciary will always be the “least dangerous branch” of our government. But for those who profit from harming animals, Hamilton’s words are providing very cold comfort of late. From the double indictments against disgraced football star Michael Vick for his role in a major dogfighting . . . 

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Talk Back: Sick Over Whale Slaughter

By on September 27, 2007 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Readers mourned the slaughter of a gray whale earlier this month off Washington’s coast. Among the comments we received: There is no excuse for killing whales in this day and age. It was barbaric back then, and it is even more so today. Whales are not used to feed the masses. Their blubber is no . . . 

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Foolish Arguments Can’t Disguise Horse Slaughter

By on September 27, 2007 in Equine
Foolish Arguments Can’t Disguise Horse Slaughter

In some ways, we’ve already won the larger argument in society. Almost no one defends cruelty any longer. Animal welfare is widely recognized as a social virtue, and even the people and corporations that harm animals for recreation or profit try to disguise their conduct as promoting animal welfare. I hear it all the time. . . . 

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Dogfighting Defenders Sign of Long Road Ahead

By on September 26, 2007 in Uncategorized
Dogfighting Defenders Sign of Long Road Ahead

Yesterday, after five months, Virginia Commonwealth Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter brought state charges against Michael Vick for illegal dogfighting activities, and a grand jury returned two indictments for violating the state’s dogfighting law—with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Essentially, Poindexter piggy-backed on the federal defendants’ guilty pleas, and the preceding casework done by . . . 

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You Asked: Stronger Laws and War-Torn Animals

As I mentioned yesterday, I welcome your comments and questions. If you would like to share your thoughts on the topics I cover, click "Offer a Comment" at the bottom of any blog entry. Or, if you have a question about The HSUS, email your query and I may post it in a future blog. . . . 

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You Asked: Donations and Dogfighting

By on September 24, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized

I really enjoy reader feedback. Whether you are commenting on topics I’ve covered on the blog, or on current events in the animal protection movement, your thoughts are welcome here. A number of you have also written to ask for more information about The HSUS and our programs and campaigns. It’s a massive and complex . . . 

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Case Closed: U.S. Horse Slaughter Must End

By on September 21, 2007 in Equine

News flash… I am thrilled to report to you that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, has ruled in our favor on a major horse slaughter case. In a unanimous 3-0 decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of a law passed earlier this year in Illinois to ban horse . . . 

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Super-Humane Kids

By on September 21, 2007 in Uncategorized
Super-Humane Kids

Last month, I told you the story of 11-year-old Caesar in California who rescued a burned kitten. Since then, I’ve been inspired by a number of other extraordinary young people who act on their passion, whether it’s raising public awareness or funds or taking legislative action. There’s 10-year-old Chance of Mississippi, one of the youngest . . . 

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Talk Back: Readers Rejoice

By on September 20, 2007 in Uncategorized

Readers celebrated two recent blog entries. First, the story of Caesar—a courageous 11-year-old who rescued a badly burned kitten and, for his efforts, received The HSUS’s $2,500 reward—inspired readers. Among the comments we received: This young boy, and all who have taught him, are heroes in my eyes! Compassion is something that will eventually and . . . 

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Something Must Give for Farm Animals

By on September 20, 2007 in Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Something Must Give for Farm Animals

This morning, I spoke at a day-long conference at the U.S. Department of Agriculture named "Food Animal Agriculture in 2020," the latest symposium organized by the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture coalition. © iStockphoto Scheduled speakers were drawn principally from the ranks of industry, animal science departments at agricultural schools, and from the USDA itself—with . . . 

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